Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Bloggers, Are you there?

You already know this November is the Microsoft Student Champs Networking Month. So lot’s of things happening behind. New faces, new universities, loads of events at unis… We have done our last monthly meeting at Open University and reached IIT for an introductory session and several other activities are happening in other universities right now. Of course! this was a busy month. Recently number of new members joined the Student Champs community via our Web site, Facebook group and Facebook page. If you are not a part of this community yet, but you are a Sri Lankan undergraduate willing to become a member, do not hesitate to go and register on those web sites.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Version Controlling : Working with Subversion in Visual Studio 2008

This is the second article to discuss about how to use Subversion version controlling system in Visual Studio. First part of this article discussed about how to install and configure subversion to work with Visual Studio. Also we discussed how to add a solution to the subversion repository. Now, the next step is to learn how to use this version controlling facility effectively. If you hadn’t read the first article yet, I recommend you to have a look at it before continue reading this one.

When you add a solution to the subversion repository, icon of the original project folder changed to a folder icon with a green check mark (See the picture). Also the solution hierarchy in the solution explorer get changed with separate icons in front of each file to display its’ state.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Hey, This is Champs Networking Month !

Sri Lanka’s largest and ever growing undergraduate student technical community, “Microsoft Student Champs” has broaden it’s horizons over the last few months. Since been commenced in 2005, it has been an active community. But from the number of community members, it didn’t had large quantities in the beginning. No worries! we do only count on quality more than the quantity. Champs only concern about encouraging members to be active in the society for their own betterment and for the goodness of fellow members. But year-by-year number grew rapidly.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Version Controlling : Adding Subversion to Visual Studio 2008

For a software developer, keeping a track of the projects and its versions is critical. So, people use to get the support of a version controlling system. Visual Studio 2008 doesn’t have an built-in version controlling system or mechanism. But still it provides you the Source Control Integration facility; which enables two options: source control solution based on the Source Control Plug-in API, or a source control VSPackage.

Here, in this post I’m going to explain how I add the the subversion support to my Visual Studio 2008 - Professional Edition installation. I have used AnkhSVN, a subversion source control provider for Visual Studio.  Along with that you need to use another Subversion client such as TortoiseSVN, in order to create a Subversion repository/repositories in your computer.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Create your own Ribbon tab in Office Word

Ribbon interface is the command bar that organizes a program's features into a series of tabs at the top of a window. In this post we will see how to create a Office add-in project in Visual Studio and create your own custom tab  in the ribbon of Microsoft Word. Actually, by following the same routine you can create your own tabs in Excel and PowerPoint as well.

First, to use the ribbon you must create a “Word 2007 Add-in” project in Visual studio. Go to File –> New –> Project.. and the “New Project” dialog box will appear. choose the “Office” from the project types and select “2007” which is under that category. From the templates, choose “Word 2007 Add-in”. As I said, you can select either Excel 2007 Add-in or PowerPoint 2007 Add-in instead of the word add-in, then you can create tabs for those applications respectively.